The 3rd European Microfinance Forum (3rd EMF) will provide public institutions, private sector operators and non-profit organisations with a new opportunity to debate and share views from their various qualified perspectives on economic and social development and credit access.
About 500 delegates are expected to attend the event, including delegates from EU Institutions, banks, microfinance institutions, chambers of commerce, the non-profit sector, national and local authorities (Ministries, Regions, etc.), as well other legal entities operating in the field of labour, social and credit policies. The Forum is organised by the Italian Government Agency for Microcredit and runs under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Investment Fund and the European Commission.
Given the expected outreach and the diversity of the delegates, the forum presents a favourable context to discuss and compare different regulatory frameworks for microcredit provision. This is why fi-compass EaSI TA is organising two thematic workshops, aiming to discuss the regulatory framework for microcredit provision and spread national and international best practices.
- The first EaSI TA Workshop - 'A Comparative analysis of microcredit legislation' will offer insights on the efficiency and effectiveness of the microfinance services, including topics such as growth, range of services provided and cost of microcredit provision, bearing in mind the comparison of Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) registered as commercial Non Bank Financial Institutions (NBFIs) versus MFIs registered as Non Government Organisations (NGOs). The panelists will share with the attendees how the national economic context influences the orientation of MFIs to a profit or not-for-profit business model.
- The second EaSI TA workshop titled 'European Code of Good Conduct for Microcredit Providers' will allow participants to learn from the experience of practitioners in the implementation and external evaluation of the Code. Additional topics will be the funding and technical assistance opportunities that are available to practitioners under the Code.